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What priority is given by Government to coastal communities?
Island Nation
On my PODCAST this week I am dealing with three particular subjects – the Government’s lack of interest in the United Nations honouring of seafarers this Sunday; concern in coastal communities from where there are claims that senior officials in…
Sea Cadets Jack Petchey at Monkstown Marina in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
Hello and you’re welcome to my weekly podcast on Afloat, based on my This Island Nation radio programme. While debate continues – and so do efforts – to get another Tall Ship for Ireland – that would provide sail training…
Twelve of the revered Cork Harbour Rankin dinghies gathered for a commemorative sail. They launched at Whitepoint near Cobh and sailed across the harbour to Crosshaven. Choppy waters and a strengthening breeze created "interesting and testing conditions at times, but were enjoyable and well handled by the Rankins" according to those who took part. They gathered at the Hugh Coveney Pier in Crosshaven and in the village's Oar Bar made a presentation to Ida Hadley, sister of the brothers Eric and Dave Rankin. the builders of the Rankins. For Afloat,Tom MacSweeney sailed aboard one of the dinghies and describes the sail in his new MacSweeney's Podcast, starting this week on Afloat below
Island Nation
Welcome to my new series of MacSweeney Podcasts on Afloat, in which I’ll be reporting on sailing and all to do with the culture, history, tradition and development of maritime Ireland. These short Podcasts, about five minutes duration, will partner the…
President of the Nautical Institute Captain David 'Duke' Snider speaking at the National Maritime College
Island Nation
A ”Truism” is defined as a self-evident truth. That underlines the accuracy of the descriptive saying “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” and the application nof it to the attitude of the Irish Government towards seafarers. Every day Ireland’s ports are depended upon by the…
Does the Government understand the potential in the seas around this island nation?
Island Nation
Once a fortnight I sit in the studios of the Community Radio Station in Youghal, to present and produce This Island Nation, which I describe as "the maritime programme reporting on marine culture, history and tradition, bringing together the community…
Cork moves from a city port to a sea port says chairman
Island Nation
In an exclusive interview for my weekly This Island Nation podcast, the Chairman of Cork Port says that it is moving “from a city port to a sea port.” Listen to John Mullins as he outlines why the port company…
A Ship in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
This week, as always, you’ll get the best and the unusual maritime stories on This Island Nation with Afloat.ie. So click on this link below now, because podcasts are meant to be listened to and when you listen, you are…
Tom MacSweeney racing Seascapes at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Island Nation

Launch Your Boat Time!

25th April 2017
It’s launching time at Castlepoint Boatyard at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour where I keep SCRIBBLER II. That’s my Sigma 33, named rather appropriately for a journalist/scribe, as I’ve been told. The first SCRIBBLER was a Ruffian 23, much sailed and…
John Leech, Chief Executive of Irish Water Safety
Island Nation
The Chief Executive of the State agency responsible for promoting water safety has been telling me about an interesting piece of research which his organisation carried out over the past two months. The purpose of this research on water safety…
Donaghdee Lifeboat
Island Nation
The Bangor and Donaghadee RNLI lifeboats launched last week following a ‘Mayday’ call. It was a hoax. Someone decided to make a false call and those two lifeboat crews in Northern Ireland started a search for what was reported to…
US battleships in Cork harbour in 1917
Island Nation
On May 4, 1917 the American Navy arrived in force in Cork Harbour. Five thousand sailors with the task of protecting the southern waters off Ireland from German submarines. The United States had entered the First World War in support…
Jack O'Keeffe's Drascombe approaching the Fastnet Rock
Island Nation
The members of the Drascombe Association celebrated 50 years of their boat in Belfast at the weekend. Five thousand Drascombes have been built and their owners enjoy sailing them. That was the message of the Secretary of the Irish branch…
The Hal'penny Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin
Island Nation
There is always something interesting to be reported upon and discussed about the maritime sphere, I believe and so I always want to broadcast interesting stories on This Island Nation. This week one underlines the importance of maintaining knowledge of…
Captain Paul O'Regan, Harbourmaster of the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay
Island Nation
Bantry Bay is one of this island’s greatest maritime resources and is about to be opened up with a new marina very close to the centre of the town. Twenty-two miles long from its entrance and with 22 slipways and…
The Connaught went down on March 3, 1917 with the loss of three crew
Island Nation
A German submarine sank the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company’s RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Connaught, about which much less is known than its sister ship, the RMS Leinster, which was sunk with huge loss of life off Dun Laoghaire.…
Baltimore Sailing Club Commodore Michael Walsh
Island Nation
I was in Baltimore Sailng Club last week for the annual training camp run by the Optimist Association when 130 young sailors braved and overcame what were at times quite testing sailing conditions. I watched with admiration the impressive organisation…

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